DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 41
February 22, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Application for Response to Intervention (RtI) Pilot Sites
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce an invitation for school divisions to participate as 2008-2009 Response to Intervention (RtI) pilot sites. The department is seeking school divisions who are willing to pilot up to two elementary schools focusing on reading and mathematics interventions beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. Up to sixteen schools statewide will be selected. The purpose of the pilot program is to help school divisions implement the RtI process and to glean best practices to share with school divisions statewide. The department will provide federal funding for the technology and software needed for RtI data collection, training, and ongoing technical assistance in each pilot division.
An application is attached and contains a list of criteria that a school division must meet. It also includes questions related to school division plans for RtI implementation and how the essential components of RtI will be integrated. Each potential pilot school within the school division must provide information that includes 2008-2009 enrollment data, adequate yearly progress (AYP) status, demographic diversity, make-up of teaching staff, and instructional/intervention services already provided to struggling students. The attached application includes information on pilot participant expectations, requirements, and criteria for selection.
RtI is essentially the practice of offering interventions provided by
the general education teacher and then evaluating the child's response. Interventions
can also be delivered as supplemental instruction provided by other trained
interventionists in the school. At the
earliest signs of a child's failure to show adequate progress with
peer-appropriate instruction, educators within the school can collaborate to
make adjustments to instruction to fit the child's needs. RtI is grounded in research conducted by some
of our country's leading educators. The
model is a valid process for identifying and serving struggling students through
collaborative efforts. As such, the department has developed a RtI guidance
document entitled, Responsive Instruction:
Refining Our Work of Teaching All Children
The Office of Student Services will host two informational
meetings for all interested division superintendents, central office curriculum
leaders, and principals who are considering submitting an application to serve
as a pilot site. During these sessions, an overview of RtI will be discussed,
as well as the criteria and expectations for being considered a pilot school
division. There will be an informational meeting held at the
Completed applications must be received by the Department of Education by 5 pm on April 4, 2008.
Please submit applications to:
Susan M. Trulove
RtI Pilot Site Application
Faxed copies will not be accepted. Pilot sites will be selected by April 28, 2008. Technical assistance training for selected pilot sites is mandatory and will take place the week of July 7 11, 2008.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan M. Trulove in the Office of Student Services at: (804) 786-0720 or firstname.lastname@example.org